I love how unpredictable years can be when it comes to MMO news, developments, and my personal gaming journey. A few months ago I stepped away from LOTRO pretty hard and let that recharge timer commence, and it was only very recently that I felt any urge whatsoever to log in.
However, this time, my return wasn’t necessarily triggered by “oh man I miss that game!” so much as a growing sense of optimism about LOTRO in general and SSG in specific. After that wildly uneven year of 2020 — with a great promotion and a horrible server/comms issue — it’s looking so much better with the studio being far more communicative. Plus, I genuinely am getting excited for the next expansion and want to be in a good position to enjoy that.
I haven’t decided on which character I’m going to carry forward as my main, but it’ll be either my Lore-master or Minstrel. I’m going back and forth between them, getting used to their playstyles and feeling out which one I want to play for the long haul.
With my Lore-master, I’ve been venturing into Elderslade (the pre-Gundabad zone) for the first time. It’s a nice if somewhat unremarkable place. Kind of a craggy set of valleys with a few beautiful vistas and waterfalls. I don’t know how much I’m digging this Dwarves vs. Orcs storyline, but at least if I hate it, the devs said that it’ll be concluded with Gundabad. We’ll be moving on in any case.
It’s also proving to be a good WoW substitute now that I’ve uninstalled WoW Classic and the Battlenet client. I’ll talk more about that another day, but at least here I’m getting that WoW-style combat and feature set.
I do want to be pushing myself to remember to queue up for more instances, because that’s a side of the game I’ve very rarely seen so far. I would like more. It’d probably be easier to get a group if I set up a healing build on my Minstrel.
I’ll leave you with this, a picture of Syp falling to his death, which I do at least once a day (and not ironically).
While I will be most focused on a high level character to stay up to date, I have already laid out plans to experiment with a new alt for fun. Something I haven’t done to death before, which leaves me with a few strong options:
- Stone-Axe Dwarf Burglar
- Dwarf Rune-Keeper
- Beorning Beorning
I’m mulling these over but would welcome suggestions and thoughts on those classes. Any Burglars, RKs, or Beornings out there who want to evangelize their role to me?